Two clinicians discussing an embreyo image from microscope

Under The Microscope: Real Life ICSI Treatment

This week I’m kicking off a new series on my blog called ‘Under The Microscope’.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at what we thinks makes IVF successful. I will be with George Ndkuwe our medical director and our embryologist Rob Smith and we’ll all be at the lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology.

I will be sharing the secrets of IVF success including: how we create embryos, how we choose embryos and what we do to ensure successful implantation. And George and Rob will be sharing their lives as IVF doctors and their advice, knowledge and wisdom.

So keep an eye out on the blog over the next few weeks.

This week I want to talk about Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The development of ICSI has revolutionised male fertility, making it possible for men to have a family who would otherwise not have been able to and is now used in nearly half of all IVF treatments in the UK.

ICSI  involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred into the womb a few days later. The development of ICSI means fertilisation is possible even if there are problems with your partner’s sperm and it is usually recommended if there is any reason to believe the egg will not fertilise with conventional IVF.

ICSI is used most often when your partner has:

  • A very low sperm count,
  • A very high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm,
  • A high level of anti-sperm antibodies.

Watch Rob Smith, the Clinic Director of CARE Fertility London as he talks us through a live ICSI treatment.


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